The interesting part of Wistron's confirmation is that it backs up previous reports pointing to wireless charging capabilities on the iPhone 8, which is expected to be released this fall. Read: iOS 11 Beta: 5 Features We're Excited To Use On The New iPhone Wistron expects to ship more units this year than last. "We will have lenses for [a] 3-D sensing [module used in smartphone] ready to ship in the second half this year," CEO Adam Lin told a press conference. Last month, it was reported LG Innotek, a unit of LG group, would supply 3D facial recognition modules for Apple's 10th anniversary iPhone.
Both Samsung Galaxy S8 and Apple's iPhone 8 may be fully waterproof. A new report by the Investor indicates that both devices will be IP68 certified. For the uninitiated, IP stands for ingress protection. An IP68 protection basically means that device can be submerged in 1.5 metres of water for 30 minutes. Smartphone makers such as Samsung use a special nanocoating on their devices that does not let water get in, even through open ports such as the 3.5mm jack on the Galaxy S7.
With Apple claiming that the iPhone 7 is its first water-resistant smartphone, many might get the idea of jumping in pools and even showering with the device once they get their handsets. However, here is the truth about the waterproof certification of the new iPhone. Apparently, the waterproofing of the iPhone 7 has limitations that should be followed unless owners would want to end up with a very expensive paperweight, according to Apple Insider. What the IP67 rating really means is that the device can be submerged in water that's not deeper than a meter or 3.3 feet and for not more than 30 minutes. Hence, unless one is not planning to take his or her iPhone 7 to the deep waters and have it submerged for long periods of time, then iPhone 7's waterproofing will come in handy.
The iPhone 8 is rumored to come with wireless charging technology, which could include a standalone charging accessory. However, Apple blogger John Gruber said the accessory might not launch September with the iPhone. Gruber said he heard the accessory will be sold separately and will not come included with the smartphone and that it would be released when iOS 11.1 launches. "I've heard that inductive charging will (a) be sold separately, and (b) might be late, waiting for iOS 11.1 (a la Portrait mode last year)," said Gruber in a tweet picked up by MacRumors. The tweet comes after KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo said in a research note recently the upcoming iPhone 8, iPhone 7S, iPhone 7S Plus will feature glass bodies for WPC-standard (Wireless Power Consortium) wireless charging functionality.
After months of anticipation, Apple is set to unveil its long-awaited iPhone 7 at 6pm BST (1pm ET) in San Francisco this afternoon. Although Apple is notoriously secretive, almost every detail of the new device has already been revealed if a major leak is to be believed. The new features are expected to include a waterproof design, two new colours, and wireless headphones. Apple has sent out media invitations for an event at the Bill Graham Civic Auditorium in San Francisco today at 10am local time (6pm BST). For those without an invitation, Apple will also be live streaming the event on its website for Apple devices, or Windows users can watch on Microsoft's Edge browser.